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Clean, Cozy, Quiet & Comfortable ~ 1 Bedroom Cottage With Private Hot Tub And All The Amenities ~ Located Just A Stones Throw Away From Rocky Mountain National Park In Estes Park, Colorado USA ~ Must Be At Least 21 Years Of Age ~ Couples Only ~ No Children ~ No Pets... ;-)
Welcome To Alpenhaven Cottage.
We Are Located On The Romantic Edges Of Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado USA.
Alpenhaven Cottage Description
Romantic Alpenhaven Bedroom
Comfortable Queen Size Pillow-Top Bed With Night Stands & Tiffany Style Reading Lamps
Romantic Mountain Themed Bedding With Ample Pillows
Duraflame Electric Fireplace For Warmth &/Or Ambiance ; )
Rocky Mountain Style Art & Decor
Cable TV & DVD Player
Comfortable Living Room
Library With Good Rocky Mountain Book Selection
Large Picture Windows With Stunning Views
Foldout Wood Dining Table & Chairs
Rocky Mountain Style Art & Decor
Rustic Pine Coffee Table
Cable TV & DVD Player
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Sink With Dish Drying Rack
Plenty Of Cabinet Space
Full Size Refrigerator
Gas Stove & Oven
Pots & Pans
Private Bathroom & Changing Room
Rocky Mountain Style Fittings & Fixtures
Designer Towels & Washcloths
Shower With Massage
Built In Armoire
Washer & Dryer
Outside Alpenhaven Cottage
Private Deck With Table, Chairs & View
Romantic Swing Set For Two with View
Private Jetted Hot Springs Hot Tub
Private Yard Space
Everyday Alpenhaven Wildlife
Large Variety Of Wild Birds
& Occasionally we get visits by Black Bears, Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Coyotes, Badgers & 'Some' Say Rocky Mountain Sasquatches AKA Bigfoot's (Ask Us About 'Giant-Track Mountain')!
The Cottage And All It Provides, The Fenced In Cottage Grounds, The Private Outside Seating Areas, The Private Hot Tub, The Private Gas Grill & Private Parking
Interaction with Guests
As Much Or As Little As Required ;-)
About Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park is a town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States.
A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River.
Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census.
The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859.
The town's outskirts include The Stanley Hotel. An example of Edwardian opulence, the 1909 building had Stephen King as a guest, inspiring him to change the locale for his novel The Shining from an amusement park to the Stanley's fictional stand-in, the Overlook Hotel.
Estes Park was also the site of the organization of the Credit Union National Association, an important milestone in the history of American credit unions.
Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the United States, runs from Estes Park westward through Rocky Mountain National Park, reaching Grand Lake over the continental divide.
Estes Park sits at an elevation of 7,522 feet on the front range of the Rocky Mountains at the eastern entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Its location is 40°22′22″N 105°31′09″W.
Its north, south and east extremities border the Roosevelt National Forest. Lumpy Ridge lies immediately north of Estes Park.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.85%) is water.
Three million tourists visit Rocky Mountain National Park each year; most use Estes Park as their base.
The main airport serving Estes Park is Denver International Airport, located 75 miles southeast.
US 34 is an east-west highway that runs from Granby, Colorado to Berwyn, Illinois.
In Colorado, it connects Estes Park to Loveland, Interstate 25, Greeley and Interstate 76
US 36 begins at the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, running to Uhrichsville, Ohio, passing through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
State Highway 7 begins at the junction of US 36 and N St. Vrain Avenue in Estes Park and runs to Boulder, Lafayette and Brighton.
Its northwestern segment is part of the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway.
About Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the north-central region of the U.S. state of Colorado.
It features majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments—from wooded forests to mountain tundra—and easy access to back-country trails and campsites.
The park is located northwest of Boulder, Colorado, in the Rockies, and includes the Continental Divide and the headwaters of the Colorado River.
The park has five visitor centers.
The park headquarters, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (An easy 12 minute walk from Alpenhaven), is a National Historic Landmark, designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West.
The park may be accessed by three roads: U.S. Highway 34, 36, and State Highway 7. Highway 7 enters the park for less than a mile, where it provides access to the Lily Lake Visitor Center which is closed indefinitely.
Farther south, spurs from route 7 lead to campgrounds and trail heads around Longs Peak and Wild Basin. Highway 36 enters the park on the east side, where it terminates after a few miles at Highway 34. Highway 34, known as Trail Ridge Road through the park, runs from the town of Estes Park on the east to Grand Lake on the southwest.
The road reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet (3,713 m), and is closed by snow in winter.
The California Zephyr serves Granby (near the west entrance of the park) by rail from Denver, crossing the Continental Divide through the Moffat Tunnel well south of the park.
The park's website suggests Granby as an appropriate rail terminus for visitors, although it lies a good sixteen miles from the park without public transportation connections.
The park is surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest on the north and east, Routt National Forest on the northwest, and Arapaho National Forest on the southwest.
Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses 265,761 acres (415.25 sq mi; 1,075.50 km2) of land in Colorado's northern Front Range.
The park is split by the Continental Divide, which gives the eastern and western portions of the park a different character.
The east side of the park tends to be drier, with heavily glaciated peaks and cirques.
The west side of the park is wetter and more lush, with deep forests dominating.
The park contains 359 miles (578 km) of trails, 150 lakes, and 450 miles (720 km) of streams.
The park contains over 60 named peaks higher than 12,000 feet (3,700 m), and over one fourth of the park resides above tree line.
The highest point of the park is Longs Peak, which rises to 14,259 feet (4,346 m; surveys before 2002 show 14,255 feet (4,345 m) above sea level.
Longs Peak is the only fourteen thousand foot peak in the park.
Several small glaciers and permanent snowfields are found in the high mountain cirques, including Andrews Glacier, Sprague Glacier, Tyndall Glacier, Taylor Glacier, Rowe Glacier, Mills Glacier, and Moomaw Glacier.
The park is dominated by Longs Peak, which is visible from many vantage points, and has an elevation of 14,259 feet (4,346 m).
Each year thousands of people attempt to scale it.
The easiest route is the Keyhole Route, impassable to regular hikers in all but the hottest summer months due to snow and ice.
This eight-mile (13 km) one-way climb has an elevation gain of 4,850 ft (1,480 m).
The vast east face, including the area known as The Diamond, is home to many classic big wall rock climbing routes.
Not All Leave Longs Peak Safe & Alive!
There is a stone gazebo at the Keyhole formation with a plaque memorializing Agnes Vaille, a well-known climber in the 1920s.
In January 1925, Vaille fell 100 ft (30 m) while descending the North Face. Vaille survived the fall with minor injuries, but was unable to walk.
Her climbing partner, professional mountaineering guide Walter Kiener, went for help; but when rescuers arrived, Vaille had died of fatigue and hypothermia.
Bear Lake, in the heart of the park, is a popular destination and trailhead.
The lake lies below Hallett Peak and the Continental Divide. Several trails start from the lake, ranging from easy strolls to strenuous hikes.
Bear Lake Road is open year round, though it may close temporarily due to bad weather.
Trail Ridge Road connects the town of Estes Park in the east with Grand Lake in the west.
The road reaches an altitude of 12,183 feet (3,713 m), with long stretches above tree line.
Following Trail Ridge Road upward for 1,000 feet is akin to driving 600 miles north from the park in reference to changes in climate and vegetation.
It passes the Alpine Visitors' Center, a popular destination, and crosses the Continental Divide at Milner Pass. Numerous short interpretive trails and pullouts along the road serve to educate the visitor on the history, geography, and ecology of the park.
The southern area of the park is Wild Basin, a wild and remote region.
Several trails cross the area and backpacking it is popular.
The Mummy Range is a short mountain range in the north of the park.
The Mummies tend to be gentler and more forested than the other peaks in the park, though some slopes are rugged and heavily glaciated, particularly around Ypsilon Mountain and Mummy Mountain.
The snow-capped Never Summer Mountains are found in the west side of the park.
Here the south-trending Continental Divide takes a brief sharp northward loop, which creates an interesting reverse scenario, where the Pacific Basin is on the east side of the divide and the Atlantic Basin on the west.
The mountains themselves, the result of volcanic activity, are craggy and, more often than not, covered in deep snow.
This area saw the most extensive mining in the park, and trails lead past old mines and ghost towns.
Paradise Park is hidden in the peaks above Grand Lake.
This rugged and wild area has no trails penetrating it.
Rocky Mountain National Park History
Evidence has shown that Native Americans have visited the area of the park for the last 10,000 years. Their influence in the region was limited, however, and their visits often transitory.
The Ute Tribe visited the west side of the park, particularly around Grand Lake.
The Arapaho visited and hunted in the Estes Park region.
The Long Expedition, led by Stephen H. Long, for whom Longs Peak was named, visited the area in 1820, though they never entered the mountains.
Joel Estes and his son stumbled across the meadows that eventually became Estes Park in 1859 while on a hunting expedition.
He moved his family there in 1860 and raised cattle.
He stayed only until 1866, forced out by long, harsh winters.
In the next years, settlers and homesteaders staked their claims in the Estes Park region.
Tourists, particularly those interested in climbing the high peaks of the region, appeared after this time.
In 1880 a small mining rush began in the Never Summer Mountains.
The mining town of Lulu City was established with great fanfare and promotion by the media, particularly by Fort Collins newspapers.
The ore mined, however, was low grade; by 1883 the rush went bust, and most of the residents moved on.
A satellite town, Dutchtown, was abandoned by 1884.
Enos Mills, then a 14 year old boy, moved to Estes Park in 1884.
He explored the mountains of the area and wrote many books and articles describing the region.
He later supported the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park, and he split his time between the mountains he loved and the cities of the eastern United States, where he lobbied for the legislation to create the park.
The legislation was drafted by James Grafton Rogers, a Denver lawyer and avid outdoorsman. Mills' original proposal for park boundaries went from Wyoming all the way down to the Mount Evans area, including areas such as the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Much of the land was favored for mining, logging, and other operations, however, so the proposed park was reduced to an area approximating the current park borders.
The bill passed Congress and was signed by President Woodrow Wilson on January 26, 1915. A formal dedication ceremony was held on September 4, 1915 in Horseshoe Park.
The park has expanded over the years, with the largest parcel — the Never Summer Range — added in 1929.
The 1920s saw a boom in building lodges and roads in the park, culminating with the construction of Trail Ridge Road between 1929 and 1933.
The Civilian Conservation Corps handled several building projects during the Great Depression and remnants of their camps can be found in the park today.
Rocky Mountain National Park Activities
On the Colorado River trail inside Rocky Mountain National Park Most visitors to the park drive over the famous Trail Ridge Road, but other scenic roads include Fall River Road and Bear Lake Road.
Many visitors hike and backpack.
The park contains a network of 349 miles (562 km) of trail and dozens of designated backcountry camp sites.
Trails range from easy to strenuous.
Many routes are off-trail and the hiker must be careful to leave no trace of their passage.
Horseback riding is permitted on most trails.
Some trails which are closed to horse traffic allow llamas as pack animals, because their smaller size and softer feet have a lower impact on trail erosion.
Rock climbing and mountaineering have increased in recent years.
Longs Peak, Hallett Peak and Lumpy Ridge, among others, are famous rock climbing areas.
Many of the highest peaks have technical ice and rock routes on them, ranging from short scrambles to long multi-pitch climbs.
In the winter, when the trails are covered in snow, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular.
Backcountry-style Alpine, Alpine Touring and Telemark skiing can be found on the higher slopes.
Fishing is found in the many lakes and streams in the park.
Camping is allowed at several designated campgrounds.
Sites of interest
Fall River Pass
Trail Ridge Road
Step Out Your Front Door & 'Take A Walk On The Wild Side' Because Rocky Mountain National Park Is Only About A One Minute Walk Away (if that !) & Only About A 12 Minute Walk To The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center & The Free (Summer Time Only) Park Shuttle.
Or You Can Hop Into Your Car & Head East For Only 2.5 Miles (Or About A 12 Minute Drive Depending On Elk Conditions ; ) & Find Yourself In Beautiful Downtown Estes Park, Offering Some Of The Best Entertainment, Shopping, Fine Dining, Wildlife Watching & Stunning Mountain Views To Be Found Anywhere In The World...
Free Shuttle Buses ~ All aboard!
The simplest and most stress-free way to steer through Estes Park is via the free shuttle system.
The new downtown trolley and shuttle bus routes allow you to park the car, bus or RV at one of the major hubs and be on your way.
You no longer need to listen to the GPS ‘recalculate' or to all five back-seat drivers offering advice on where to park.
The five town shuttle routes and the Rocky Mountain National Park hiker shuttle are easy to navigate and will get you just about anywhere you want to go.
Shuttle operates June 21 - September 7, 2014.
Rocky Mountain National Park Shuttles
The Rocky Mountain National Park shuttles operate from late May through early October and offer hikers and day-trippers easy access to the most frequented areas of the park.
Entry fees do apply and park passes are available for purchase at the Estes Park Visitor Center and the Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Center.
Due to construction on Bear Lake Rd., there may be delays for routes within the park.
RMNP Shuttle Routes:
Hiker Shuttle Express Route: Hourly from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; on the half-hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Operates along Moraine Ave./Hwy. 36 and Highway 7
Stops: Estes Park Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain National Park Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (A SHORT 10 MINUTE WALK FROM ALPENHAVEN COTTAGE) and Rocky Mountain National Park Moraine Park Visitor Center
Moraine Park Route: Every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Operates between Moraine Park Visitor Center and the Fern Lake area
Stops: Moraine Park Visitor Center, Moraine Park Campground, C Loop, Cub Lake Trailhead and Fern Lake Bus Stop (near the Fern Lake Trailhead)
Moraine Park Route: Every 15 minutes (construction permitting) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Operates along Bear Lake Road
Stops: Moraine Park Visitor Center, Hallowell Park, Bear Lake Road Park & Ride, Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, Glacier Gorge Trailhead and Bear Lake
Other Things to Note
ANNUAL ESTES PARK, COLORADO EVENTS...
The Estes Park Duck Race Kicks Things Off May 3rd 2014
Heritage Festival - late August, first held in 2004 and now very much an annual event in Estes Park, transporting people back in time with a range of historical activities, such as wagons at the MacGregor Ranch, or a ride on a restored and fully-operational Stanley Steamer car
John Denver Tribute Concert - mid- / late August, at Stanley Park's Rodeo Arena Fairgrounds, watched by large crowds each year
Longs Peak Scottish / Irish Highland Festival - early September, datingback more than 30 years and generally known locally as simply the 'Scotfest', featuring huge marching bands with bagpipes, the Estes Tattoo, the Longs Peak Concert, and lots of kilts and sporrans! Based on the Estes Park Festival Field and also at the Municipal Building on Elkhorn Avenue
Estes Park Film Festival - mid-September, attracting many international and local filmmakers, with screenings of all categories at the Park Theater, at the Stanley Hotel and also at the Lake Shore Lodge
Autumn Gold - late September, a festival of live blues and folk music, hot food and cold beer, celebrating the arrival of the fall colors
Elk Fest - early October, when visitors to Estes Park are able to observe local Elk during their rutting season. The Elk Festival also incorporates story telling, archery and other outdoor activities
Holiday Parades - late November / early December, with Yuletide festivities, carnival processions of winter floats, and various seasonal choir concerts...
COME JOIN IN THE FUN !
Couples Only ~ All Guests Must Be 21 Or Older ~ No Children ~ No Pets.
Please Respect The Peace & Quiet Of Our Neighborhood, Our Neighbors, Our Other Guests, Our Property & Local Wildlife.
Thank You :-)
What a perfect place to stay while in Estes! Tom and Janet were amazing hosts! They were incredibly friendly and more than willing to help us make our trip memorable with suggestions and information on the park. The cabin exceeded our expectations and was the perfect place to stay for our trip. The wildlife all around the cabin was enchanting and man, was that hot tub nice after a long day of hiking!! We will definitely stay here again on our next Estes Park vacation. We couldn't have had a better place to become engaged!!!
My wife and I stayed at Alpenhaven for three nights on our vacation to Estes Park. We spent most of our time hiking in the mountains, and coming back to the cabin was one of the best parts of our days. It was so cozy and comfortable, and having a private hot tub was AMAZING after a long day on the trails. The hosts are full of kindness and perfect recommendations of things to do to make our trip the best. We plan on making this trip a regular occurrence.
If you're a fan of RMNP, the cabin is so close, so you don't have to drive through downtown traffic in Estes Park if you want to get to the mountains quick. Plus, the views of Long's Peak at sunrise and sunset make it tough to want to leave the front porch.
A million stars.
You cannot go wrong renting this cabin! The price is excellent, it's super clean, you have a full kitchen, tons of privacy, WIFI, and most importantly it's 420 friendly. We enjoyed having our morning coffee on the porch swing watching the small critters & birds. The pictures just do not show the gorgeous view of the mountains that you will get! At night we enjoyed getting in our private hot tub & looking at the stars. Very romantic. Another plus for us is that the cabin is not located on the busy main strip of Estes, but it is only a few minutes down the road. If you need anything Tom & Janet are right there. (They are super nice). We would definitely stay here again. Book this place.. you will not be disappointed!
Our stay at Alpenhaven was incredible. It was everything we were hoping for and more. Tom, Janet and Tricia were all very hospitable hosts and accommodating in every way possible. They offered great hiking, sight seeing and dining suggestions. You would be crazy not to stay here if it's available. Thank you guys for making our stay in Estes Park so memorable.
What a wonderful place to stay! Tom and Janet were perfect hosts for us. We'd just gotten married and loved the hot tub and other romantic things (like the electric fire and gift basket) that have been thoughtfully placed by such wonderful hosts!
What can I say.... Tom and Janet were the perfect hosts and have a wonderful place that I would highly recommend to anyone considering a stay in Estes. The location is perfect in that it's close enough to everything but off the beaten path enough so you can enjoy some mountain solitude. The cabin itself was very comfortable and immaculately clean. It's very clear that Tom and Janet take great pride in making their guest's stay a memorable one. We'll most certainly be back!!
Tom and Janet made us feel at home. You could not ask for a better host. The cottage was more than we expected. Top notch. If you ever want to see wild life at your front door this is the place. Of all of our trips to Colorado, this by far was the best. We highly recommend it.
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About the Host, Tom & My Better Half Janet
Welcome To Alpenhaven, Alpenhut, Alpenharbor & Alpenhigh, Located On The Romantic Edges Of Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado USA.
Janet & I Are A Married Couple Who Have Over 50 Years Of Combined Experience In The Estes Park, Colorado Hospitality Industry.
Semi-Retired Now, We Are (((Taking It Easy))) These Days Running Our 'Own' Place, 24/7 ~ 365 Days A Year & Are DEDICATED To Serving YOU During Your Stay With Us + Doing Our Level Best To Insure Your Estes Park / Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Vacation Experience Is Nothing Short Of Magical.
So Please Kick Back In One Of Our Clean, Cozy, Quiet & Comfortable Units, Complete With Romantic Queen Size Beds, Kitchens, Outdoor Seating Areas & Private Hot Tubs, All Nestled On The Gentle Southern Slopes Of Deer Ridge, In West Estes Park, Colorado (With Majestic Views Of The Continental Divide Included At No Extra Charge) & Allow 'Us' To Be Your Hosts ; )
Sincerely, Tom & Janet